Palo, Leyte- “The sustained support and commitment expressed by the various stakeholders promises a successful celebration of this year’s nutrition month and the realization of our efforts to accelerate and improve the overall health and nutrition status of our children and the entire people in Eastern Visayas,” said by the Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo, Jr. during the Nutrition Month (NM) Stakeholders Meeting, held on 19 June 2018, at the PopCom Conference Room, PopCom Compound, Government Center, Palo, Leyte.

Said expression came after the nutrition stakeholders from the local government units, non-government organizations, civil society organizations, among others, conveyed their support and participation to the month-long activities which will be highlighted with motorcade and launching activities, thematic talks, nutri-contests, and food garden advocacies.

The nutrition month celebration is pursuant to Presidential Decree 491, or the Nutrition Act of the Philippines, signed on June 25, 1974, which mandates the National Nutrition Council (NNC) to spearhead the nationwide celebration of the Nutrition Month.

This year’s celebration, with the theme is “Ugaliing Magtanim, Sapat na Nutrisyon Aanihin!”, underscores nutrition awareness through improved food access by increasing the number of households, schools, and communities engaged in food gardens. Specifically, the celebration aims to (1) encourage development of food gardens among families and in communities, schools, government offices, and workplaces; (2) mobilize various stakeholders to provide a fostering environment for sustainable food gardens; and (3) provide a platform to generate success stories of food gardens and recognize successful food gardeners.

Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) manager and nutrition stakeholder Eunice de Guia said that the celebration in July will not only give us awareness on the nutrition month’s theme, but will also ignite advocacies for a continued commitment in building a well-nourished community.

Non-governmental organization who provided and offered material assistance and support were from UNICEF, Plan International, World Vision, ADRA, Samaritan’s Purse, Zuellig Family Foundation, and Rotary Club of Kandaya.

In her closing message, the National Economic and Development Authority Chief Economic Development Specialist, Ma. Victoria C. Cuayzon, said that she can see a picture of success of the month long celebration with the overflowing support by the various stakeholders to celebrate the Nutrition Month in July.”

As initial activity, a Regional Nutrition Month Launching is scheduled on July 03, 2018 which will highlight gardening techniques lectures and will showcase successful organic vegetable gardening in the region. (NASLabordo, NNC8)

Department of Health (DOH) Nutrition Program Manager, Felicita Borata and National Tuberculosis Program Nurse Coordinator, Caryl Lapriza share some health information particularly on the Importance of Breastfeeding and the Prevention and Control of Tuberculosis, to some Barangay residents of the 5 barangays in Quarry District of Tacloban City.

The barangay health forum which was initiated by the Philippine Information Agency, Leyte Provincial Office was held last June 11, 2018 at the Eastern Visayas State University (EVSU).

The Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium (R1HRDC) thru the Research and Development Committee (R&D) is now calling for research proposals that aims to address pressing and current health concerns in the region.

At least Php 500,000 in funding support from the Regional Research Fund of the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) will be used to support researches spanning National Unified Health Research Agenda (NUHRA) and Regional Unified Health Research Agenda (RUHRA).

We encourage interested parties to submit their capsule proposals (using the PCHRD Detailed Research Format) with endorsement letter from the institution head and curriculum vitae of the proponent, on or before AUGUST 30, 2018. Proposals should be sent to Ms. Ana Gay D. Ranga via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Detailed Research Format

National Unified Health Research Agenda (NUHRA) 2017-2022

Regional Unified Health Research Agenda 2017-2022

The Department of Health (DOH) Region 8 in coordination with the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center (EVRMC), conducts blood donation activities today in celebration of the World Blood Donor Day.

The bloodletting is being held at the Sagkahan Community Center, this city, with blood donors coming from different line agencies particularly from the tri-bureaus under the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

The one day activity has the theme, "Be there for someone else, give blood, share life".

Dr. Nancy A. Bantog
 took her oath of office as the new Regional Director of the Department of Science and Technology - Cordillera Administrative Region on June 13, 2018 at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City. The ceremony coincided with the celebration of the 60 Years of S&T and Beyond. Being the newly appointed head of the said office (DOST-CAR), she shall assume responsibility as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Cordillera Regional Health Research and Development Consortium.

Eight (8) of the NorMinCoHRD academic member-institutions have now access to Elsevier, an information and analytics company and one of the world's major providers of scientific, technical, and medical information. Researchers of the eight (8) state universities and colleges (SUC) and private higher education institutions (HEIs) can access the databases of Elsevier through the registered user-accounts that were provided to each institution free of any subscription fee for a period of one (1) year.

This is made possible through the subscription by the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technologies (PCIEERD), one of the sectoral planning councils of DOST. The subscription will give researches access to the following databases that will greatly facilitate the search for related literatures or researches: Scopus, Science Direct, and Mendeley.

Representatives of the research institutions were oriented on Elsevier’s Science and Scopus Database and Authorship on April 25, 2018 at SEARSOLIN, Manresa, Upper Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City.

The Central Luzon Health Research and Development Consortium (CLHRDC) celebrated its 10th anniversary last April 25-26, 2018 at the Royce Hotel, Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga, served as the highlight of the milestone event. The successful conduct of the 2nd Central Luzon Health Research Forum organized in collaboration with the Department of Health-Regional Office 3 with the theme, "CLHRDC @ 10: A Decade of Better Health, Better People thru Collaborative Health Research and Innovations". The forum aimed to link institutions engaged in or with interests in health research activities that could impact on regional as well as national health needs.
Fig. 1 Dr. Caesar Cassion delivered his welcome and opening remarks
Dr. Cesar C. Cassion, Regional Director of DOH-RO3 mentioned in his speech during the forum that investment in Health Research and Development, means fostering innovation through creation or enhancement of public policies, including organizational standards, regulatory, procurement, and service delivery networks. He added that thru Fourmula 1 + it is envisioned that Filipinos will be the healthiest people in Southeast Asia by 2022 and Asia by 2040. This strategic thrust is expected to impact the populace favourably. He also extended his deepest appreciation to CLHRDC for its leadership of collaborative health research initiatives for the past 10 years.

Mr. Paul Ernest N. De Leon, Chief SRS, Research and Development Management Division of PCHRD-DOST, read the message of Dr. Jaime Montoya, the Executive Director of the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development of Department of Science and Technology (PCHRDDOST). Mr. De Leon also spearheaded the launching of the National Unified Health Research Agenda 2017-2022. Mr. De Leon mentioned that the current NUHRA 2017-2022 was developed through bottom-up approach via the 17 regional consultations and top-down consultations via review of research agenda of individual government agencies and non-government organizations (NGOs).

Universal health care via FOURmula 1+ was presented by Dr. Maria Eloisa C. Vidar, Medical Officer IV of the DOHRO3. Dr. Vidar emphasized that FOURmula 1+ for health reforms are now packaged into four distinct components that include Health Service Delivery, Health Regulation, Health Finance and Good Governance in Health.

To promote ethically sound research outputs, Dr. Reynaldo DL. Bundalian Jr, Chair of the CLHRDC-RMC discussed the Health Research Regulatory Requirements for the guidance of the participants who attended the forum.

The forum was attended by more than 175 participants from higher education institutions, local government units, non-government organizations, and DOH-retained hospitals. Presentation of Completed Research Papers published in reputable journals and the CLHRDCs accomplished projects were presented.

As part of its commitment, the CLHRDC will continue to promote and strengthen collaboration that will enhance the research culture among member institutions that will help improve the well-being of the people in Central Luzon.